COLLEGE PARK – Something had to give in Quinnipiac and Maryland’s lacrosse matchup on Sunday, as the Bobcats and Terrapins entered their first round NCAA contest with a nine and 13-game win streak, respectively. In the end the MAAC champs were no match for the conference title holders from the Big Ten. Maryland scored five […]
COLLEGE PARK – Something had to give in Quinnipiac and Maryland’s lacrosse matchup on Sunday, as the Bobcats and Terrapins entered their first round NCAA contest with a nine and 13-game win streak, respectively.
In the end the MAAC champs were no match for the conference title holders from the Big Ten. Maryland scored five unanswered goals in the third quarter and used the run to pull away from Quinnipiac, winning 13-6. The victory pushed the Terps’ school record for consecutive wins to 14 games and set up a date with Syracuse in the quarterfinals on May 21.
“Obviously I am very happy for our players,” said Maryland Head Coach John Tillman. “We have another week together as we continue the journey. To win an NCAA game is never easy, so I am proud of their effort.
“A big key early was Austin Henningsen and the (faceoff) guys. They were great. To go 12-for-12 in the first half allowed us so many possessions that, candidly, we wished we did a little better job with. But after a little bit of a tough start in the third quarter I thought the guys settled in and that last ten minutes of the quarter was huge for us.”
Maryland (15-2), the tournament’s top seed, had seven different scorers on the day, with four of them in the first quarter. After Quinnipiac’s Anthony Carchietta scored the game’s first goal less than three minutes in, the Terps answered with three goals of their own over the next six minutes. Bryan Cole scored his first of three roughly three minutes later to tie the game at one. Matt Rambo and Bryce Young followed with goals over the next three minutes to give the Terps a 3-1 lead. The score made for Rambo’s 36th straight game with at least one point.
Quinnipiac scored to cut the Maryland lead to one, but Henry West scored twice in the final minutes of the quarter to push the lead back to three.
“Our game plan was to be patient, as we always are,” Cole said. “You look at a guy like Henry West who scored three goals today – that’s a testament to his hard work and his shooting ability. I am pretty sure he went 3-for-6, so 50 percent is a really good shooting percentage.”
However, Tillman thought it was Young’s goal that finally got his team going.
“That was the one that made it 3-1 and I thought, ‘okay, here we go,’” Tillman said. “We tried to get out to a fast start today, and I think in a way it backfired. It was trying to find that sweet spot of good pace, but also making sure we were executing and weren’t reckless. I thought we found a couple good moments around that time.
“That was one of the things we hoped going into the year would be a strength – the versatility offensively. We have a lot of different guys that can contribute. We have an unselfish group and you can see that in the way we play. Sometimes we maybe made the extra pass too much today, but all things considered that’s not such a bad thing.”
For the second straight quarter, and what turned out to be a trend for the entire game, Quinnipiac opened the frame with a goal. Still, as was also a trend, Maryland answered almost immediately to make sure there would be no Bobcat scoring run. Cole scored his second off an assist from West three minutes before Pat Young netted his 11th goal of the year.
Nearly 11 minutes ran off the clock before the Bobcats’ Foster Cuomo scored four minutes into the third to make it a 7-4 game. However, that would be the closest they would get.
Maryland played near perfect lacrosse from the 8:43 mark on, as the Terps scored five unanswered goals en route to putting the game away. Colin Heacock got the scoring started as he netted a goal for the 14th consecutive game. West then finished off his hat-trick, while Rambo scored twice more to complete his hatty. Rambo also assisted on Louis Dubick’s goal in between. Goalie Kyle Bernlohr made a few greats saves during the span as well.
“That run was huge,” Tillman said. “I thought the guys settled in again, got some extra possessions from the faceoffs, and were a little choosier with some of the opportunities. We made sure we made the next pass, were more patient, and then put the ball in good spots.”
Carchietta and Adam Bellamy added fourth quarter goals for Quinnipiac, who was making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats finish the year with a 12-4 record.
Cole completed his hat-trick at the 8:00 mark of the fourth. He finished with four points.
Rambo led the team with five points, while West chipped in four.
Maryland is now 54-36 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.